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The Canucks Are Going To the Finals – History Will Be MADE

Written on May 25, 2011 at 08:51, by HTTN

Aren’t the similarities between this 2011 Canucks run and their 1994 run almost scary? The first round requiring overtime of game 7 to be solved – then by Pavel Bure, this time by Alex Burrows; the third round, ending in double overtime of game 5 – then by Greg Adams, this time by Kevin Bieksa.

How does this stuff even happen? More importantly, is history destined to repeat itself in the Finals?

Upon being presented the Campbell trophy in ’94, Trevor Linden lifted it above his head in celebration. This time, Henrik wasn’t even going to touch it. That action, Canucks fans hope, will represent a break in the history loop. Sure, that ’94 run was fun and incredible, but Vancouver wants this one to end differently. “History Will Be Made.” That’s the idea.

Dressing Room Celebration

Check out the Canucks’ dressing room celebration after the game. Not sure if I should admit this, but the hug between Manny Malhotra and Bieksa near the end of it makes me feel like I’m cutting onions.

The Goal

By now you’ve seen Kevin Bieksa’s double overtime goal at least 50 times. Still, no reason to watch it 51, 52, 53… honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you decide to skip work because you had this on an endless loop today.

Since you’re watching it so many times, on one of your go arounds, keep your eye on Henrik Sedin. For some reason he had his hand up near his head when the puck came to Kevin Bieksa. He explains this in the post-game interview, below.

Luongo and Henrik: Post-game Interview

Sure, Bieksa was the hero with his goal, but he never even gets that chance without all those incredible saves that Luongo made during the extra periods. With his stellar performance in game 5, Luongo may have just thrown his hat into the Conn Smythe discussion.

At the 30 second mark, Hank explains the buzzing in his head as the OT goal was scored.

Near the 1:05 mark, Luongo on the Sharks 2nd goal: “I played it like a D-man. I took the shooter, he made the pass, so it’s not my fault.”

Best goalie in the world, plus he’s funny… he’s so dreamy.

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  • http://twitter.com/transcendwebs Bruce Ng

    Agreed with your thoughts on Luongo. 16 saves in the first OT? come on, the guy was so cool under fire last night. The last time #Canucks went to the final was 94, and i was still ACTUALLY a teenager.  now i just look like a teenager!